• Charritos Closes, DKM Reopens, and More Hoboken + Jersey City News {10/15/17}

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    The leaves have been dropping, and the temperatures in Hudson County are just starting to follow suit. If you’ve been waiting to break out the sweaters, boots, and leggings, you may have missed all that’s happening around town while you’ve been switching over {and restocking} your closet. From Uptown Charritos closing {cue the tears} to DKM reopening, this week was one for the books. Grab that second cup of coffee {at the new shop in town} and settle in for this week’s Word on the Washington Street: your one-stop-shop for everything news in Hoboken and Jersey City. 

    Uptown Charritos Closes Permanently

    October 5th marked the last day customers were served at Charritos’ uptown location. Founded in the early 1980’s by Mexican immigrants Filiberto and Genoveva Arias, Charritos has served authentic Mexican cuisine at their uptown location for nearly a decade. In a statement posted on their font door, “Our lease has come to and end and we would love for you to continue your loyalty to us at our Midtown location, which we have been getting ready for you. With our goal being to provide an even better customer service at your favorite Mexican Eatery.” As if you needed another reason to continue your patronage {see BYO-sangria, margaritas, and more here}, Charritos has hinted at an entirely plant-based menu coming only to their downtown location at the end of the month.

    Turquoise Cup Grand Opening

    Hoboken’s newest coffee shop is anything but ordinary. Introducing Turquoise, a coffee shop meets art studio. The shop held its grand opening yesterday and even provided FREE coffee to its new patrons last week during their soft opening.  The shop, which features ample seating, outlets, and WIFI, is sure to become a favorite amongst those in West Hoboken — not to mention the private studio room {which would surely be another hit for your child’s next birthday}. For more details on their menu, art classes, and the outstanding decor {we’re talking a table-top made of coffee beans} check out our full post.

    Hoboken House Tour Returns for Its 31st Year

    Ever wonder what’s behind the front door of your favorite Hoboken brownstone? Welcome to the club. Luckily for aspiring homeowners and real estate enthusiasts, the Hoboken Historical Museum is giving us all a glimpse inside 10 homes and condos on their annual house tour. The tour is scheduled for Sunday, October 22nd from 10AM – 4PM. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased online. The tour has sold out in the past, so don’t wait or you’ll be back to peering through the windows from the sidewalk.

    10th Street Pizza and Pasta Opens

    Nestled into the corner of 10th and Willow {and across from the bar 10th + Willow) lies Hoboken’s newest Italian eatery, the aptly named 10th Street Pizza + Pasta or simply “10th Street” as the owner quickly informed us. Exposed brick walls, warm lighting, and peasant Italian food {think dishes made up of classic Italian ingredients such as pasta, basil, red wine, cheese… did we mention red wine?} make 10th Street the perfect Italian dining experience in a rustic setting. 10th Street opened their doors earlier this week with a limited menu showcasing their pizza selection, which is available now for dining in or delivery. Their full menu will feature 10-15 signature dishes in addition to the pizza menu that we had a chance to preview during our visit. As we were leaving, the owner made sure to point out the sign located on their storefront explaining that it was actually a 10th Street street sign that they found in the basement of their now restaurant. We’ll be sharing more soon, but we wish the staff at 10th Street a long and lasting history — just like the sign that now hangs over their font door.

    The Enforcer Comes to Jersey City Theater Center

    Bullies, schoolyard drama, and corporal punishment all wrapped up in a one-man show? That certainly peaked our interest. Presenting The Enforcer, Jersey City Theater Center’s latest drama in their Fear series. The play takes place in a fifth grade classroom where corporal punishment is deemed an acceptable consequence to schoolyard bullying. The performer, Glynn Brooks, allows the audience to experience the incident from the point of view of the victim, the bully, and the teacher who takes an authoritative role. This deeply disturbing psychological thriller truly demonstrates the fact that childhood experiences are not so easily forgotten and often linger despite the passing of time. The Enforcer runs from October 19-20 and the show begins at 8PM. Don’t miss your chance to see the talented Brooks, an accomplished writer, actor, and former special effects director for David Letterman, during his limited engagement at the JCTC.

    Field Colony an Office for Telecommuters Living in Hoboken

    Love the idea of working from home, but can’t seem to focus? Introducing Field Colony, the Mile Square’s newest community office for local telecommuters. According to their website, “Field Colony is a private community of leading entrepreneurs and creative teams… located at the intersection for innovators in the arts, design, and technology.” In addition to the camaraderie and collaboration fostered at Field Colony, members have access to amenities such as a fixed desk, high-speed internet, printer/copier/scanner, conference rooms, kitchen, lounge, storage, and more. Membership is $300 per month, but day passes are available for only $20. Rumor has it you can currently purchase $40 worth of services at half price here. Field Colony will also be hosting a variety of classes at night ranging from figure drawing to craft beer brewing. Members receive discounts on all classes, just another perk of the monthly membership package.

    Vantage Luxury Rentals Open in Jersey City

    ^View from the sky lounge on the 45th floor.

    Jersey City real estate continues to impress those on both sides of the Hudson and its newest building, Vantage, is no exception. The 45-story building, adorned with glass-curtain walls, is the fourth constructed by Fisher Development Associates in Jersey City. Vantage houses 448 luxury units ranging from studios to two-bedroom rental apartments. With nine-foot ceilings, wood flooring, in-home washer/dryer units, and rentals starting at just $2,000 with one month FREE, Vantage surely won’t be vacant for long. Vantage is conveniently located at 33 Park View Avenue and is within walking distance of Newark Street, the PATH, and New York Waterway ferry service. As if the views and price-point weren’t enough, Vantage provides amenities such as a 24-hour concierge, state-of-the-art health club, zero-entry swimming pool, and the Vantage Point Sky Lounge on the 45th floor. You can call (201) 333-1222 to schedule a visit or head to their website for more information.

    Dina’s Kiss and Makeup Reopens in Secaucus

    ^Photo Cred: Instagram @dinaskissandmakeup

    Summer is gone {and so is your tan}, but not to fear — Dina’s Kiss and Makeup {DKM} is back, and so are their legendary eight-minute airbrush tans. After a nearly eight month hiatus, DKM has reopened at its new location in Secaucus. Many of you may remember the devastating apartment fire that took place in February 2017, shutting down DKM, Papaya Dog, and a three-story apartment complex. Losing one of our go-to beauty spots and local businesses was a tough blow to the Mile Square, so we were thrilled when we saw Dina’s latest post on Instagram announcing DKM’s re-opening. Located at 1259 Paterson Plank Road in Secaucus, the gorgeous new salon is just a short train ride away from Hoboken and NYC. Loyal clients are sure to return to Dina for her airbrush tanning, makeup, blowouts, and more. All are encouraged to contact the salon at (201) 552-2741 to book all services. Congratulations to the DKM team!

    Groundbreaking Ceremony for Future American Legion Hoboken Post 107

    Photo: Phil Fishbein

    After being shut down due to flood damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, construction on the new American Legion Hoboken Post 107 has begun. Mayor Dawn Zimmer, State Senator Bryan Stock, and other Hudson County officials joined local veterans at the future site of Post 107 on Second Street for an intimate groundbreaking ceremony last Tuesday. Building plans call for the construction of a veteran community center and a six-unit residential building for homeless veterans which is being funded by federal grants, the City of Hoboken, and Monarch Housing — a non-profit affordable housing developer. Stay tuned for future fundraising efforts led by the American Legion Post 107 to cover furniture, appliances, and other expenses needed to assist the six deserving veterans who will soon call the Post’s residences home.

    New Ferry Route for Hoboken Commuters

    Love working in the city, but hate going underground to get there? Thankfully, NY Waterway has expanded its ferry service, yet again, making “The Civilized Commute” available to more Hoboken residents commuting into Midtown. Service will run from 6:40AM-10AM and again from 4PM-7:20PM. With a mere eight-minute ride from dock to dock and a 99% on-time performance {not to mention Instaworthy views of the city skylines}, you may be treating yourself to the ferry on more than just summer Fridays. Tickets are priced at $275 per month, which is only $1.50 more per trip than taking the PATH + subway to Midtown, making this a deal that will surely be hard to turn down.

    Jersey City Mayorial Canidates Pledge to Adopt Vision Zero

    With campaigning season coming to a close, Jersey City mayoral candidates are making the final push to secure voter support before election day on November 7th. This week, both incumbent Mayor Steve Fulop and his opponent Bill Masikoudis pledged to implement Vision Zero, a program designed to eliminate traffic fatalities. Originally adopted by Sweden in 1997, Vision Zero made its way to New York City in 2013 when Bill de Blasio was elected mayor. The program seeks to make the street safer for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. A plan to include bike lanes, such as those found on 11th street in Hoboken, is just one idea for improving road safety in Jersey City. Tragedies, such as the most recent hit-and-run in Hoboken, don’t seem to be decreasing anytime soon without the support of our local officials. Regardless of the election outcome, Jersey City residents can look forward to a newfound sense of safety as they explore all that their city has to offer.

    And that’s the latest Word on Washington Street!

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    Despite moving to the Mile Square on a whim, Nicole is happy to call Hoboken her home. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in biology and now works as a health & benefits consultant in the city. When she’s not killing it in corporate America, Nicole can be found shopping for her dream home on Park and Bloomfield, sipping a margarita on the rocks (she has yet to find one she hasn’t liked), or being dragged into a dog park by her giant goldendoodle, Sammy.


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